Reaching for food to calm down is an all too common coping mechanism.
Whether you're dealing with world event's, a demanding job, juggling home responsibilities, or other stressors.
Research shows that 38% of adults say they've overeaten, or reach for comfort foods due to stress.
Stress eating serves as a soothing distraction and for many it has become an unhealthy habit.
When you are stressed out, levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) go up, which can boost your appetite and cravings.
Here's Seven tips to try to help with stress eating.
Identify The Stressor
Take a moment and ask yourself why am I stressed?
Identifying the stress and learning how to handle it can help you break the habit.
2. Adopt A De-Stressing Routine
Try a new self-care routine, take brisk walk, relaxing music, or call a friend.
3. Make Time For Mediation
Meditation can be a great tool for stress management.Calming your body, slowing your mind, and heart rate can really help. I love The Abide App"
4. Stop and Breathe
When you feel yourself losing control, take a few minutes to practice deep breathing.
5. Do a Mini Workout
A few minutes of exercise can help ward off stress and control stress eating.
6. Call a Friend/Seek Support
For me personally calling my sister or a friend helps me to calm down by talking it out.
7. Get Enough Sleep
Sleep deprivation can bring about more hunger inducing hormones imbalances and lack of sleep also can worsen stress.
There's more ways to deal with stress and stress-eating, these are a few things that work for me and my clients. I also like lavender essential oils and ashwagandha.